A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder
The shocking murder of Sir Henry Claybourne leaves Regency London shaken and horror-struck. But for genteel spinster Miss Emmeline St. Germaine, the crime slices far too close to home. Just hours before the knight’s death she held a dagger to him, threatening him to stay silent as she rescued a scullery maid he had procured for his pleasure.
Did the man—or woman—who murdered the knight know of her visit? Her secret identity at risk, her reputation and life in jeopardy, Emmeline must solve the crime or face scandalous exposure and ruination, or worse—the hangman’s noose—for a crime she did not commit.
$4.99 Murder at the Palace
(A Movie Palace Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
Welcome to the Palace movie theater! Now Showing: Philandering husbands, ghostly sidekicks, and a murder or two.
When Nora Paige’s movie-star husband leaves her for his latest co-star, she flees Hollywood to take refuge in San Francisco at the Palace, a historic movie theater that shows the classic films she loves. There she finds a band of misfit film buffs who care about movies (almost) as much as she does.
She also finds some shady financial dealings and the body of a murdered stranger.
Oh, and then there’s Trixie, the lively ghost of a 1930’s usherette who appears only to Nora and has a lot to catch up on. With the help of her new ghostly friend, can Nora catch the killer before there’s another murder at the Palace?
Murders and Metaphors
A Magical Bookshop Mystery Kindle Edition
by Amanda Flower
January means ice wine season in the Niagara Falls region, but the festivities leave Charming Books owner Violet Waverly cold, still reeling from a past heartbreak. A past heartbreak who will be present at the annual midnight grape-harvest festival, and no magic in the world or incantation powerful enough could get Violet to attend. But Grandma Daisy, an omniscient force all on her own, informs Violet that she’s already arranged for the mystical Charming Books to host celebrity sommelier Belinda Perkins’s book signing at the party. Little do either Waverly women know, the ice wine festival will turn colder still when Violet finds Belinda in the middle of the frozen vineyard—with a grape harvest knife protruding from her chest.
Belinda grew up in Cascade Springs, but she left town years ago after a huge falling-out with her three sisters. One of those sisters, Violet’s high school friend Lacey Dupont, attends the book signing in the hope of making amends with her sister, but Belinda and Lacey end up disrupting the signing with a very public shouting match and Lacey quickly becomes the prime suspect in the sommelier’s murder.
Violet is sure Lacey is innocent, and to keep her friend out of prison, Violet asks for guidance from her magical bookshop. The shop’s ethereal essence points her to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, but what have the four March sisters to do with the four Perkins sisters? If she can’t figure it out, Violet, herself, may turn as cold as ice. Violet, Grandma Daisy, Emerson the tuxedo cat, and resident crow Faulkner are back on the case in Murders and Metaphors, USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower’s enchanting third Magical Bookshop mystery.
Past Due for Murder
A Blue Ridge Library Mystery Kindle Edition
Spring has sprung in quaint Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first—but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire.
The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished—or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy.
When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events—and a dead body lying nearby—an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth in Past Due for Murder, Victoria Gilbert’s third charming Blue Ridge Library mystery.
$5.99 One Feta in the Grave
(A Kebab Kitchen Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
by Tina Kashian
As summer comes to an end in her Jersey Shore town, Lucy Berberian continues to manage her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. The Kebab Kitchen also has a food tent at this year’s beach festival. But now a local businessman is under the boardwalk—dead by the sea …
With a sand castle contest and live music, Ocean Crest bids a bittersweet farewell to tourist season. Summer will return next year … but Archie Kincaid won’t. The full-of-himself store owner has been fatally shot, soon after a screaming match with Lucy’s best friend. Katie’s far from the only suspect, though, since Archie had some bitter rivals—as well as some relationships no one knew about. It’s up to Lucy to look into some seedy characters and solve the case before the wrong person gets skewered …
(A Pie Town Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
Business at the bakery may have slowed down, but Val Harris isn’t about to eat humble pie—not until a reality cooking show decides to whip the struggling Pie Town into shape. If Val can tolerate criticism from an abrasive pastry chef during filming, the free publicity might turn the unusual opportunity into the sweetest deal she didn’t know she needed.
Except no one in San Nicholas has an appetite for dessert once murder steals the spotlight. When the show’s bossy producer gets pushed to her death, Val and her flaky, septuagenarian pie crust expert, Charlene, follow crumbs in hopes of finding the killer. But with cameras still rolling and the shocking identity of the victim’s replacement a guaranteed recipe for disaster, Val needs to stay cool long enough to solve the crime and keep Pie Town from falling apart—or else she just might go up in smoke before she ever graces the small screen.
Release Date:November 3rd
An All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery
When an ice cream vendor discovers a frozen stiff, Florida diner owner Gia Morelli has to serve up some just desserts . . .
Gia has become good friends with Trevor, a fun, flirtatious bachelor who owns the ice cream parlor down the street from her popular All-Day Breakfast Café. Trevor has the scoop on all sorts of local attractions and activities. But when he bursts into her diner, trembling and paler than a pint of French Vanilla, she can tell something’s very wrong. Trevor points her toward his shop then passes out cold. When Gia runs down to his shop, she discovers a chilling sight—a dead body in the open freezer. But the ice cream man’s troubles are just beginning. The police suspect him of this murder a la mode, especially when details of his questionable past surface. Gia believes in her friend and is determined to clear his name and find the real cold-blooded killer before someone else gets put on ice . . .
Release Date: November 13th
A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery
It’s out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White’s best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline’s name in time to go caroling?
When a body turns up in a larger-than-life candy bowl filled with peppermints on the town square, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend Caroline is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine’s sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, a custom kitchen knife, engraved with Caroline’s initials was found with him.
Now, just ten days before Christmas, Holly’s up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. Juggling extra shifts at her family’s Christmas tree farm and making enough gingerbread jewelry to satisfy the crowd is already more than she can handle―and now she has to find time to clear her best friend of murder. Add in her budding relationship with the sheriff, and a personal stalker dressed as Santa Claus, and Holly’s ready to fly south until springtime.
But her Sherpa-lined mittens come off when Caroline is taken into custody. Can Holly wrap up the case in time for Christmas…even after she gains the true killer’s attention? Find out in ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s second pine-scented Christmas Tree Farm mystery.
Release Date: Nov. 27th
A Secret, Book, and Scone Society
Nora Pennington, owner of Miracle Books, believes that a well-chosen novel can bring healing and hope. But she and the other members of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society know that sometimes, practical help is needed too. Such is the case with the reed-thin girl hiding in the fiction section of Nora’s store, wearing a hospital ID and a patchwork of faded bruises. She calls herself Abilene, and though Nora and her friends offer work, shelter, and a supportive ear, their guest isn’t ready to divulge her secrets. But when a customer is found dead in an assumed suicide, Nora uncovers a connection that points to Abilene as either a suspect—or another target.Summer’s end has brought other new arrivals to Miracle Springs too. Entrepreneur Griffin Kingsley opens Virtual Genie, a cyber business that unloads people’s unwanted goods for cash. With the town in an economic slump and folks hurting for money, Virtual Genie and its owner are both instantly popular. A patient listener, Griffin dispenses candy to children and strong coffee to adults, and seems like a bona fide gentleman. But Nora’s not inclined to judge a book by its cover. And when a second death hits town, Nora and her intrepid friends must help the new, greenhorn sheriff discern fact from fiction—and stop a killer intent on bringing another victim’s story to a close.
Release Date: November 27th
Pen & Ink Mystery Novel
Life is looking rosy for Florrie Fox, manager of the Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington D.C. She’s working on an adult coloring book of gardens, her romance with Sergeant Eric Jonquille has entered a new chapter, and the bookstore’s weekly coloring club is a source of friendship and entertainment. No member is more vibrant than Dolly Cavanaugh. Dolly likes to say she was blessed with beauty and cursed with lousy husbands, but at least she has a grown daughter and a stunning brownstone to show for it!
When Dolly’s love of garage sales results in her showing up at Color Me Read with a rare book in hand, Florrie is astounded. The Florist, the earliest known coloring book, was first published in 1760. An original copy would be worth a fortune—and someone else knows it. That same evening, Florrie finds Dolly dead on the floor of her apartment, a corner of a coloring book page clutched in her hand. As Florrie delves into Dolly’s past and her personal effects, she discovers a skeleton in the closet—literally—and a whole lot of shady suspects. One of them is an expert in the fine art of murder, but can Florrie draw the right conclusion?
Release Date: November 27th
A Rose City Mystery
Britta Johnston and her aunt Elin are delighted that their Portland floral boutique is part of the city’s Rose Festival, which draws thousands to the Pacific Northwest for dragon boat races, fireworks, and other attractions—capped off by a big parade. They’re building a float that’s sure to rock the judge’s boat . . . until a gang of angry protestors shows up. The group, who call themselves Dark Fusion, are decidedly not into flower power, and they want to take down the system . . . including the upcoming extravaganza.
Then their leader is strangled with a garland of violets—and Britta finds the body. With tensions running high and so much at stake, there are plenty of suspects, from the Grand Marshal to a longtime volunteer to a former Rose Queen. But before Britta and Elin can stem the violence, the case is going to get even more explosive . . .
The Simple Loose Leaf Tea Company is one of my absolute favorite tea subscription boxes ever! They normally send you 4 different teas, 2 with caffeine, and 2 without. This is perfect for those colder nights that you want tea but you’re close to your bedtime and you are wanting something that wont keep you up too long. Another aspect of this Classic Tea Box is the fact that they send you 4 reusable linen tea bags every month!
From Simple Loose Leaf Company:
“Each month you’ll get a box filled with teas ranging from classically savory to enjoyably trendy, you’ll get terrific, members’ only discounts for our tea shop, and you’ll get everything you need to make that perfect cup of tea.”
What You’ll Get:
- Four hand packaged loose leaf teas
- 40g of tea in resealable pouches
- A black tea, a green tea, an herbal tea and more
- Reusable organic linen tea filters
For only $9 a month! That is a steal!
So without further ado, let’s get into September’s Tea Box!
Karakundah Black Tea
Rhis tea is perfect when it comes to a cooler night. I always sweeten my tea with a little big of natural honey from Oklahoma to help with allergies and whatnot. This tea is found in the Nilgiri region of India. The ingredients are Organic Korakundah Black Orange Pekeo Tea.
This is one of the most beautiful teas I have seen! I love how the pearls open up when the tea is steeping. It is extremely relaxing to watch! This tea has a base of Ti Kwan Yin oolong tea. To jazz it up they have added a mouth watering amount of berries. You all know how much I LOVE berry tea! It is my weakness.
This tea can be sipped cold or hot. I would recommend using a little bit of honey or natural sugar to liven up the sweetness of the berries.
Pan Fried Green
Sometimes you just need a tea that doesn’t have any overwhelming flavors. You need something that is Simply Tea. This is the perfect green tea for those days. It is traditional and soothing to sip on the back porch while reading an amazing book!
This tea smelled like heaven to me. The subtle scents of peppermint, ginger, and lemon brought a sense of calm to a hectic day. These are three of my most favorite scents ever. The peppermint will open up your senses while the ginger will relax your tense body, and the lemon will awaken your mind and make the day feel brand new!
This tea is best brewed hot to get the full effects of the three main ingredients. I love it so much! It is my favorite tea in the whole box!
I hope you all enjoyed reading about the September’s Simple Loose Leaf Tea box! I highly recommend that you pick this up! They have so many different types of subscriptions that you can do! Monthly, Quarterly.
One of the most beautiful places that I have ever been is Ireland. I have family in Ireland, which isn’t too shocking since my last name is McFarland, eh? When I was reached out to by them amazing people at AYOB about reviewing this particular box I was extremely excited. I felt as though the week I spent in Ireland wasn’t enough! I needed to learn more about the country that my ancestors came from! And learn I did!
From their site:
“Every month, a themed MyIrelandBox delivers to the USA, Canada and Australia, the best in Irish Design, Accessories, Home, Natural Beauty, Irish Music, Jewelry, Apparel, Irish culture & tradition galore from Ireland, to your doorstep. MyIrelandBoxes include full-sized Irish made surprises that are expertly curated by Katharine & her team from Dingle Co. Kerry Ireland, in the heart of Irish tradition and culture.” $45 per box + $10.50 Shipping
In this month’s box we were following the history of The Blasket Islands! They are indeed magical!
The book we received is Fiche Bliain as Fas or Twenty Years A-Growing. It was written originally in the Gaelic Irish language in 1953.
This book is full of stories from Maurice O’Sullivan that he heard while growing up, proverbs, folk-tales, and the story of his life!
Something else that I loved about this box was the Real Irish Turf that I was sent by Bog Buddies!
This is supposed to be lit and it will create the aroma of a real turf fire! Turf was extremely important to the Islanders and they only had a seasons supply at a time to keep them warm throughout the season. They used it for heat, cooking, and for light!
It really did smell like Ireland to me! Made my heart wish I was there!
One of the MANY things that had me falling in love with Ireland was the music. We went into a couple of pubs in Dublin and I loved the live music that was playing throughout.
It felt as though it was touching my soul. Something that had me swaying and loving every moment of it!
Another thing that I loved is that they included a Tin whistle by Feadog! The Original Tin Whistle and also gave us a Youtube channel that will give Irish Tin Whistle Lessons! How thoughtful is that?!
And last but certainly not least were the pamphlets and the booklet that told us all about the Na Blascaodai or The Blaskets by Padraig Ua Maoileoin. It has a wonderful recount of the history in The Blaskets and is a calming read.
If you love Ireland or know someone who appreciates the history of the Irish. I would recommend this box!
Until next time…
Hello everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful Summer! I know that I am and even more so from getting this wonderfully curated seasonal box by Oceanista. Even being landlocked here in Oklahoma I can smell the ocean and feel the cool breeze on my face from all of their lovely and charming items in the Summer box!
From the website:
The Oceanista Subscription Box
“Get ready to experience the excitement of receiving our signature box delivered to your door every season, and uncovering the hidden treasures that await you inside. You’ll be awash in whimsical beach inspired essentials from brands we love that are sure to compliment your beach lifestyle and wardrobe. Featured artisan pieces, luxury skin care products, mid-season surprises, and the chance to win a free gift every season guarantees our box will be one you look forward to again and again!”
This box is $79.99 a season, BUT if you use my code “Courtagonist” you’ll get 10% off your first box! How awesome is that?!?! Plus, the value of the box is always worth $150 or more! The summer box had a retail value of over $200 dollars! Now, lets get into the goodies, shall we?
One of the first items that I spotted in the Summer Box were these stunning sunglasses made by Oceanista themselves! They are made from sustainable wood, are bouyant, and UV 400 with Polarized protection.
They are so light weight and they really have the perfect shielding on them! I love the beautifully made holder for the sunglasses and the soft protective bag that makes it perfect to toss these into my purse! The retail value on these sunglasses is $69.99 almost the cost of the box!
Now, who can have a great day at the lake, beach, or by the pool without a handy tote bag!?! Not me. I need something to hold my towels, snacks, water, and a good book!
This is the perfect size for an on-the-go tote! It is a canvas beach bag created by Primitives by Kathy. It really is a must have for the summer!
You can use it not only for taking out onto the water but you can even use it as a grocery bag as well! Love it! Retails at $30.
One of the things that I get most worried about with extended sun exposer is getting a sunburn on my face! Even with sunblock on the rays from the Sun can hurt your skin and cause damage! Ouch!
I love that they sent us this portable, easily travel, sunhat by San Diego Hat Company ! It makes it so easy to just throw in a tote and be on the go.
It has UPF 50+ protection against harmful UB rays and it is adjustable for all! Retails at $28.
One of my most favorite items to get in a box is jewelry! The wonderful curators at Oceanista hit the nail on the head with this stunning Jilzarah “Sundress” Gold Crescent Cuff Bracelet!
Ever since receiving this gorgeous bracelet I have been in love with all of the other jewelry on their website! Their packaging, care instructions, and love for jewelry really shows how much they care about their products!
This bracelet retails at a very affordable price of $36!
One of the many things that I love about Oceanista is the fact that they feature a local artisan in every one of their boxes!
Supporting small businesses is something that is near and dear to my heart! It helps that the artist for this season’s box make me smile and relaxed just looking at her art!
I am talked about WanderLust Leather! This luggage tag just screams SUMMER! Plus they sent a coupon that allows you to contact Jamie to create a custom name tag to go with your summer one! How awesome is that!?! The retail value for this wonderful and customized gift is $28.97! You should most definitely check out her shop!
Another item, not pictured, is the wonderful Cheri Arome Beach Waves Pink Salt Hair Mist! It really does smell like summer! It gives you the PERFECT beachy hair waves! It is extremely affordable at only $12.
Last but certainly not least is a little gift just for you! A stunning and perfectly created Oceanista sticker that you can just smell the salt in the air with, a magnet for your fridge, and a wonderful moisturizing body balm!
This has to be one of my most favorite boxes that I have gotten this year. It truly has something that I will use every single day, but might not have gone and bought myself.
This is truly a Treat-Yo-Self type of box. So what are you waiting for?!?! Treat-Yo-Self and go out and get yourself a subscription to this amazing service!
I’ll see you next season with the Oceanista box! I can’t wait to see what they have come up with!
Naturally Curated is a seasonal box sent out every Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter! It is Natural, organic, and has Eco-Friendly products! Just for you!
Whether you are looking to sit back and be spoiled, or discover new products without all the label-reading and research, a box will be curated especially with you in mind. You can anticipate fun, seasonal products you will want to use now!
When this box was delivered it SCREAMED Summer Getaway for me! Every thing in this box was perfect for a weekend away at the coast, time spent on the lake, or even floating down the river! Let’s dive into what they sent us for the season of Summer!
The first product that I want to gush about is the Zestt Fouta Towel! Now, I know what you’re thinking, a towel? What could we possibly do with a towel other than dry off?
Let me tell you! It has so many different options!
- It is a perfect lay out beach towel! It will keep from gathering any sand or dirt with its tight woven construction.
- You could wear it as a wrap around your body like a sarong!
- It measures at 40″ by 70″! It would be perfect to use on a sunny day for a picnic!
- It can be used as a large kitchen towel to dry off all of those fresh veggies and fruit!
- You can also use it as a bath towns!
- My favorite! You can use it as a light weight scarf! You can used it on balmy nights during the summer all the way through warmer nights in the Fall and Winter!
- Last, but certainly not least, you can use it as a nursing cover!
This box came at the perfect time! Here in Oklahoma it has been a pretty brutal summer! You get a sun burn just walking out to get the mail! Ok…maybe not THAT extreme, but it has still be very hot!
Right after we went for a walk in the middle of the day at our local reservoir we came home to some pretty tender sunburns!
It was like this Naturally Curated knew what we were going to need, because it had this wonderfully soothing Aloe Spray that was perfect for taking the sting out of the sunburn on our necks and our arms!
I love that all of the ingredients were all natural! You know its natural if you can sound out all of the words correctly and you don’t get confused! The bottle was made out of glass and could be easily refillable!
This was a perfect item for the Summer box!
You can NEVER have enough tote bags if you ask me! This one is so spacious and perfect for a towel, some swim toys, a change of clothes, and of course a wonderful Summer Read!
It has this adorable Beach logo pocket at the front which would fit a cell phone or tablet wonderfully!
There isn’t anything that I don’t love about this tote bag! It has leather handles and even a spot to attach your water bottle!
Last, but certainly not least are these handy Tossware cups! I love that they sent us a whole set of four!
They are so versatile as well! They come with lids that you can put a straw through! Perfect for having some drinks on the boat and not wanting to spill your favorite drink! I put lemonade in mine and it was scrumptious!
They are also perfect for snacks like cheeze-its or a fruit parfait!
Seriously, these cups can be used for so many different things that the lists are endless!
I have already used these a couple of times around the house and you can be sure that at the next party I have I’ll be using them for my guests!
Each quarter we choose products that are seasonal, functional or fun, that we truly enjoy. We are selective and only include items that are natural, organic, eco-friendly, or top notch when it comes to quality. We take feedback from our subscribers and send products based on your subscription preferences. Your box will include 3-7 full size products, each quarter. This is not like other subscription boxes you may be used to; this is not a box of samples, or advertisements.
Some of the perks of being a subscriber:
– Exclusive previews of new products
– Notifications when new items have hit the shopping cart
– Exclusive promotions throughout the year
– Subscriber only discount codes, in your box
Subscription boxes are custom curated and therefore not eligible for returns, refunds or exchanges. $75.00 a quarter!
Thank you to Naturally Curated and A Year of Boxes for sending me this amazing box! You should all check this quarterly box out! It is wonderful!
Until next time…